Prediction: Paper Money is the Walking Dead

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Prediction: Paper Money is the Walking Dead

“In a time of exploding deficits, tax hikes will be unavoidable. Closing the cash loophole is one of the most effective ways to do it. So it’s with a twinge of sadness and nostalgia that I declare this decade to be the end of paper money. Don’t believe me? It’s already begun…”

Econovation, 2011p.186

What Happened:

Leaving Dead Presidents in Peace

A paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco shows that, in America, the share of transactions using cash has fallen in recent years. Until the mid-1990s the total value of all bills of $50 or less grew in line with the economy. From 1993 to 2013, however, the American economy grew in real (inflation-adjusted) terms by 65%, but notes of $50 or lower grew by just 19% (see chart).

Cash Is About to Become Obsolete. Here’s How You Can Get Ready for It

survey conducted by ING bank website eZonomics revealed some key findings. 38 percent of respondents said they were willing to go cash-free. Moreover, of the 34 percent that said they already rarely use cash, a staggering 78 percent said they expect to continue reducing cash usage going forward, propelling the abandonment and ultimate demise of the paper dollar.

US Commerce Goes Cashless

In Midtown and some other neighborhoods across New York City, cashless is fast on its way to becoming normal.

From the fourth quarter last year to the first quarter of 2018, wallet payment spend rose 114%, the number of transactions has increased 38% and average ticket size is up 55%. That’s evidence of four important factors, Dangelmaier said: there’s greater acceptance, shoppers are more comfortable, they’re having a better checkout experience, and there are more repeat purchases.

Almost 2.1 billion consumers worldwide are expected to use mobile wallets for payments or money transfers by 2019. Juniper Research

Local Governments Go Cashless

Cuomo Promises All MTA Bridges Will Go Cashless By the End of 2017

Global push against cash

The Globalists Strike Back With A Major Push Toward A Cashless Society , Feb. 2017

a major push toward a cashless society is being made in the European Union right now.  Last May we learned that the 500 euro note is being completely eliminated, and just a few weeks ago the European Commission released a new “Action Plan which instructs member states to explore “potential upper limits to cash payments”.  In the name of “fighting terrorism”, this “Action Plan” discusses the benefits of “prohibitions for cash payments above a specific threshold” and it says that those prohibitions should include “virtual currencies (such as BitCoin) and prepaid instruments (such as pre-paid credit cards) when they are used anonymously.”

Even in the United States there are calls for a cashless system.  For example, the former chief economist for the IMF wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal not too long ago in which he recommended the elimination of the $100 bill

Some Countries Are Already There

The Smart Money: Are We on the Cusp of a Cashless Society?
3 Books on a cashless future.

What’s Next?

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